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The Civil War at 150: Turning Points

April 2013
Volume 27, No. 2

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Listen to Steve Andrews and Aaron Sheehan-Dean discuss turning points in the Civil War and this issue of the Magazine of History by subscribing to the Civil War at 150 Podcast. There are also many other interviews in the series to discover.


Editor's Choice

Turning Points,
by Aaron Sheehan-Dean


Architects of Their Own Liberation: African Americans, Emancipation, and the Civil War,
by Manisha Sinha
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Dramatic Turning Point or Points? Teaching Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation,
by Stanley Harrold
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How to Teach a Civil War Battle,
by Ethan S. Rafuse
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1863: Military Turning Points, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Tullahoma,
by Brian Holden Reid
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Editor's Choice

Teaching Civil War Union Politics: Draft Riots in the Midwest,
by Shannon M. Smith

Women Numerous and Armed: The Confederate Food Riots in Historical Perspective,
by Stephanie McCurry
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The Fates of Republics and Empires Hang in the Balance: The United States and Europe during the Civil War Era,
by Brian Schoen
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on the cover

This photograph, taken by James F. Gibson on May 14, 1862, depicts a group of escaped slaves or “contrabands” at Foller’s house in Cumberland Landing, Virginia. When the Union army seized parts of southeastern Virginia during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862, many enslaved men, women, and children left their fields to find freedom behind the Union lines. Unwilling to return the slaves to the South in accordance with federal law at the time, the War Department instead declared the slaves “contraband of war” and enlisted their help in a variety of support roles for the Union army. Courtesy the Library of Congress.